Growing up we always think that grandma and grandpa will live forever. You hope that they will be around for important dates like graduation and your wedding, but as we get older we come to terms with reality and realize that unfortunately that’s not always the case. Although we would love nothing more than grandparents to be at our sides celebrating our wedding, sometimes it simply isn’t possible.
That’s why when Angi Grippo discovered that her 92-year-old grandfather and 85-year-old grandmother were given months to live she had fear that when she and her boyfriend, Toby, finally decide to get married, the chances of two of her favorite people attending her wedding would be very slim.
He wasn’t going to let her grandparents miss out on the special day.
In a post shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, Sheri Grippo Cabral, Angi’s sister, wrote how when her family found out their grandparents, Doris and Cosmo DeFazio, only had a few months left, the DeFazio’s wanted all four generations of the family to get together in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Doris was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and Cosmo’s body was “just slowly shutting down.”
All four generations quickly made plans to drive from Missouri and Colorado, where they lived, to Florida. Knowing that this could possibly be the last time they were all together, Toby decided it was now or never.
With her grandparents in attendance, he popped the question.
“[Toby] wouldn’t be able to make a wedding happen in time, but he certainly could do the next best thing… plan a surprise engagement on the beach, so they could be there to witness it,” Sheri wrote.
Toby got a little help with his proposal from Angi’s family. So as not to raise too much suspicion, Angi’s family told her that her niece wanted to practice singing a song in front of everyone because she planned on performing the song later in the summer. The song her niece started singing was named “Angi and Toby’s song” and as soon as she let out the first note, Angi turned to face Toby but Toby was already on one knee.
“I had no idea what was happening,” Angi said.
She told Inside Edition that she was shocked because she thought the family was just having a nice vacation together.
Out of all the grandkids, Angi has a special bond with her grandparents. When Angi was a little girl her family lived around the street from her grandparents and every night she’d sneak of out the family’s house to go visit grandma and grandpa. That love for them continued even when Angi moved away to a different city, some 15 hours away.
“For them to see this moment in my life, knowing they probably won’t be able to come to my wedding, meant a tremendous amount to me,” Angi said. “I do think there could be a miracle and my grandparents will live to see the day,” the bride-to-be told HuffPost.
Angi has hope that her grandparents will be in attendance for her May 2018 wedding.